From Milan to Dish Tank

 
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From Traveling to Milan to Hanging Out on Dish Tank

It’s funny to think that there’s two of me. One fictional character that travels to far off places like Milan, buys expensive clothes, drinks rosé, and eats fancy meals created by a chef. Or at least that’s sometimes what people think I do by being a restaurateur. The other me is hanging out on dish tank, sober, bleaching floors, and shopping at Kroger (at midnight) for Epsom salts to soothe sore muscles. I wouldn't trade the real me for the jet setter and here's why—I get to be in our business, I mean all up in it. Sometimes knee deep in the shit that is hard and sometimes on the end of high fives for team wins and celebratory moments where we kill it on guest experience. It’s wild and messy— but full of life.

We don’t have money to travel to far off places because we invested it in our community and our business. I believe in being sustainable, so I tend to find clothes at vintage shops and thrift stores. I don't drink, and have seen too many restauranteurs go down because they use drinking to cope with stress. And my chef husband rarely cooks at home because he has cooked for people all day and he gets home after 11 p.m.

Why am I sharing this? Because I want to take down the walls of what it means to be an owner of a small business. And I want you to know that you are not alone. If you're a small business owner that receives eye-rolls as you explain how hard this is, or minimization of the weight of this work, I see you. I mean I really SEE you.

I’ve cried on the kitchen floor too. I totally get putting everything on the line. Kudos to you for deciding to take a huge leap and risk with your one wild and beautiful life. Girl, I want to know you because you are courageous and strong!

Extra kudos if you have built-in time to manage stress and eat healthy. And extra extra kudos if you have found a way to have goals outside of your business. I haven't figured it all out but I have found some pretty innovative ways to make this shit work. I’m going to be sharing them here over the next 4 weeks. I get it, and I got your back.